Branden Albert Being Actively Shopped By The Chiefs, According To Report

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The Kansas City Chiefs are actively shopping LT Branden Albert, according to USA Today.

We’ve been hearing trade rumors swirling about Albert for weeks now. Just a couple of days ago, John Clayton of ESPN said he thought it was possible Albert could be dealt to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round draft pick. That would make a little sense. The Dolphins have two second-rounders and just lost LT Jake Long.

Albert signed his franchise tender today meaning he is now under contract with the Chiefs. KC can now deal him if they wish. The trading team would likely want to to seek out a long-term deal with Albert to avoid paying him the over $9 million he would be due under the tag.

Here is the report:

The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity, said the Chiefs aren’t desperate to move Albert but realize another team might offer him a better long-term contract. The Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft and might use it on tackle Luke Joeckel.

According to the person briefed on the trade talks, Kansas City isn’t just listening to offers, as Sports Illustrated reported this week. The team is seeking out suitors. To borrow a word from the New York Jets’ Rex Ryan in shooting down the Darrelle Revis rumors, the Chiefs are “actively” shopping Albert.

And he’s OK with that, if it’s best for his future.

“I have no problem playing in Kansas City,” Albert said. “Everybody knows trying to go to another city and another place to play is kind of hard. But at the same time, the answers are not there for me (yet). I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.

He added, “I don’t know if I’m being traded, but I understand it’s a possibility.”

What do you think, Addicts? Does it make sense for the Chiefs to replace Albert with a younger, perhaps more talented but also unknown rookie with the first pick in the draft?

I am not so sure. The Chiefs spent a first-round pick on Albert. If they deal Albert to Miami, KC would essentially be trading Albert for Luke Joeckel and a second-round pick.

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  • chiefridgy

    Maybe that back ain’t all 100%

    • Doug McD

      I would have to guess given how Dorsey and Reid signed other players to keep them in KC, Albert might be looked at differently for some reason. Maybe he wanted too much money. It could be just a personality conflict or something stupid. Could be his back too. We just don’t know the whole story. The new CBA has changed a lot of things.

      Personally I think they would like to sign him long term. That would eliminate an unknown going forward. Until that happens Dorsey knows he has value and is going to extract (trade) some of that value before it is gone. There are no guarantees with any option. A new player can bust and a proven player can get broken.

    • ChiefsRabbitFoot

      I think you might be onto something.

    • KCMikeG

      The only thing that makes sense to me is if they have doubt about his back. It is too risky to go into the year with two rookie OT’s and Albert is not worth less than we paid for him after how he has developed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

    The guy can play. You want a known commodity or a risk?

  • Priest4Prez

    The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity…. I speak to people all day everyday on a condition of anonymity. I’ll believe it when I see it

  • Trent Taylor

    Hate it!

  • Chris Tarrants

    Why would you trade a first rounder who plays like first rounder for a second round pick? That doesn’t add up! We are not trading him for Joeckel because we have the first pick no matter what… That’s like flat out trading your first round pick for someone’s second rounder and nothing else

    • Doug McD

      If you can’t resign him he won’t be here next year and the value is gone. If you trade this year at least you get something in return and you don’t have to pay the large franchise price tag. There is probably more to the story that we don’t know and never will.

      • Chris Tarrants

        Fair enough, but wouldn’t it be nice if we started actually signing our good players and stop letting them walk just because they don’t want to pay them?problem would be solved at LT then draft either Joeckel or fisher for RT and have a dominant oline

        • jpopejoy

          Umm. What good player did we not sign and let walk? Carr? We signed Charles, Hali, dj, and bowe. It’s fine if you want to keep Albert but don’t make it sound like people are walking left and right

          • Chris Tarrants

            Over the past 5-8 years there have been a handful, how about J. Allen? Granted we got Charles from his trade but he is still a stud, Carr is in Dallas, Pollsrd and Page have both been really good players and there has been talk about trading Hali in order to recoup his money too, I’m a firm believer that pay people what they have earned.

          • jpopejoy

            Page can’t stay on a team and pollard is a thug. I’d take berry in a heartbeat. Also, you are blasting the team for not signing a player we wouldn’t have wo the example you gave of Allen. Chiefs have done a great job of retention. Every team loses good players.

          • KCMikeG

            We got Charles AND Albert for Allen and I would do that every day. Pollard was a big hitter who missed a lot of tackles and has been cut twice since even though he played on good teams which speaks to their evaluation of his value to the team in spite of the team’s overall success. Page was a 7th round pick who never started again and was cut by 3 teams in 3 years after leaving KC. In fact he is playing minor league baseball now. Hali needs to have a big year with the rising Houston drawing the attention too or he will be replaced by the next bigger, faster, younger and less expensive OLBOTF. Sad but true – this is a business and a sport.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If we hadn’t traded Allen, we wouldn’t have Charles or Albert.
            Pollard and Carr are the only proven players of note that’ve left the organization in recent years. This team has made it a priority to re-sign their own players.

            We only have so much information. Back problems do tend to linger. If they have concerns that he won’t stay healthy, they’re doing the right thing to get something in return for him.

          • KCMikeG

            Carr was over paid and had to take a pay cut in Dallas after his 1st year. Pioli screwed up some things but he did some others just fine.

      • KCMikeG

        We would then have $9M to spend with a replacement 2nd round pick. I get that but going into the season with 2 rookies or a rookie & Stephenson at OT is way too risky for another pick that has the success rate of only about 50% o0n average.

        “Even if teams were never stupid in the second round, the hit rate is still a relative flip of the coin simply because of the talent level of the prospect we are dealing with. The top 32 picks are now off the board and teams are simply choosing from a lower tier of talent, and it is always harder to get impact players at an extremely high rate at that point.”

        Credit to Walter Football for a great article/analysis.

        http://walterfootball.com/nfldraftology408_2.php

      • ArrowFan

        we can just tag him again next year if we want to keep him. Besides we are getting a one year leas on a very good LT.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          This season will tell them all they need to know.
          If he can stay healthy, reward him with the long-term contract.
          If not, trade him or let him walk.

          • ArrowFan

            I agree but it is risky to trad now. The only way I happy with it is if the pay off is huge.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I only want him traded if they genuinely feel that he won’t stay healthy. OR…If he’s being completely unreasonable about his contract expectations.

    • Killerdoctor27

      You are 100% right!! The only way I would be ok with a trade would be IF both of Miami’s 2 round picks came to KC. OR they were able to get another 1st round pick. I would personally want to keep Albert and draft Joeckel to make this KC o-line as strong as possible. You can never underestimate how much an amazing O-line can help an offense. The Chiefs could use all the help they can get on that side of the ball.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.hurford Bruce Hurford

        Agree…….I don’t even understand WANTING to shop him. Known variable – STUD. Unless a tackle drafted is just as good, less money in the long run AND believe great 2nd rounder of need is there. I still like your idea keep BA and draft stud tackle. Bird in the hand baby.

    • KCinTX

      Miami fans should be upset. They let a Stud LT that they could have put the tag on go. Then they trade for a Stud LT with back issues that they will have to pay tag $ and give they up a 2nd doing it. Wow!

      • Chris Tarrants

        Really? Well okay I can see that but it still doesn’t make me feel any better about the whole thing

        • KCinTX

          I want to keep BA. Just pointing out what a bone head chain of events that would be by Miami. I think KC would be just as bad if they let a player worthy of the tag go for only a 2nd.

  • Zachary Barry

    He is a top 10 even a top 5 tackle. But that is a huge cap hit and what if his back continues to decline. Yes he is proven and one of the best but 9 mil to a guy that is having back issues and having a hard time agreeing to a long term deal I would be shopping him too. Get a second round pick from Miami and then trade down to #8 pick up either fisher or joeckel one should be left at that point and get a second round pick from the Bills from the trade down. Now we have 2 second round picks and a replacement day one starting Lt tackle. Am I dreaming probably but hopeful thinking.

    • Danny W

      No I like this scenario, but Albert is not even sniffing top five brother honestly. Most credible scorches have him listed at around 12 or 13 best. He’s no where near pro bowl caliber. He is solid and I’m not dogging him but he’s not as good as Joeckel or Fisher I would say..

    • Don417

      He is a top 10 even a top 5 tackle
      Maybe on your madden video game. In real life, he’s not anywhere near that. He’s never even made a probowl yet.

  • Jim Harper

    There is another benefit to trading Albert. It would significantly increase our cap space. The thing that puzzles me though is it still leaves us without a RT unless they are planning on giving Schwartz the job. The Vikings had him listed as guard and he has stated that to be his preference. Curious

    • sidibeke

      No, I think Schartz replaces Allen. Stephenson at RT?

      • Danny W

        No I’d say they’ll pick up Vollhmer out of NE or someone else. Don Steve isn’t ready.

        • Michael Shaw

          I disagree. I saw last year why they drafted him and Allen. They are future great linemen for this team.

          • KCMikeG

            Allen really struggled. I hope to see him take a big step forward this year. I think he is why they got Schwartz.

        • KCMikeG

          Adrian Smith from the Bengals is the only one w/o injury issues. I think it is too risky to go with Joeckel and Stephenson.

      • Jim Harper

        That is a possibility. For a rookie LT last year he aquitted himself pretty well

    • Danny W

      We could pick up a good right tackle in free agency right now if we let Albert go.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Again, 100% in favor if they’ll go out and sign Volmer or Smith at RT with the money they save. Joekel and one of those two at OT plus a 2nd rounder works for me.

    • jpopejoy

      Plus…the back injury is a risk. Remember that time the 6ers traded for Bynum? Point is; paying someone top 5 money that may be injury ridden is a huge risk. Also, he doesn’t sound like he cares if he stay or not, unlike bowe who said nothing but “I want to remain a chief!”

      • Chris Tarrants

        Remember that time Jamal Charles and Adrian Peterson blew there ACL’s out? How did that work out? Folks were not screaming trade them now! Albert has never been injury prone, he has one minor setback

        • sidibeke

          Different injury. I’m not saying it will be a problem, and I’ve been for keeping Albert all along. Backs, however, do seem to be a O-lineman’s downfall.

          • Danny W

            Bad backs can be the death of an O lineman’s career. I think Joeckel, and Fisher are going to be better anyway.

          • sidibeke

            Looks that way. Better, cheaper and younger and get our 2nd round draft pick back.

    • Danny W

      I agree we have to address the right tackle spot in FA. I am absolutely not convinced Don Steve is ready. I would love to have a second for Albert, another second for the first overall this year and next and the overspend for Alex Smith is a distant memory…….unless he sucks.

  • GDL40

    I’ve said it before, wish he would sign long term, but seems like for whatever reason they dont want to agree …. so might as well get something for him

  • Jim Harper

    Shouldn’t we wait for Reid and Dorsey to fail before cutting up their decisions? There are reasons for everything they do and telling the world what their intentions are is kind of counter productive it seems to me. I know its tough to wait, but truthfully what other choice is there?If the finished product does not work, then you can impale them on a slow moving roterisse over an open fire.

  • Danny W

    I’d say do it. I think Joeckel and Fisher are going to be better who ever they decide. What they’re going to do at right tackle is still an unknown though. I wouldn’t mind trading the first overall getting a second this year with a second next year and your looking at a one high 1st with the Albert trade 2 second round picks 2 third round picks and 2 sixth round picks. That’s building through the draft keeping the team pretty young mixed with a batch of pro bowlers. 5 picks in the top 100 is Bill Billlicheckesque.

  • wlfpak03

    Not sure why everyone is so in love with BA. He has only made it through one complete season. No pro bowls, not exactly what you want out of a franchise LT. He did Not face elite talent from the leagues best pass rushers. Best ones this season where “old john abraham” and michael johnson.

    • KCMikeG

      Dumerville and Miller twice with the donkeys Freely, Harrison, Woodley, old Abe were pretty decent – all in the top 10 actually. Plus up and comers like the Panther’s Johnson you mentioned plus the Brown’s Sheard and the Bengals Atkins. Albert only gave up ONE sack all year.

      • wlfpak03

        Most of the guys you mentioned here come off the left side of the defense IE: Von Miller, Making them winston’s responsibility and we saw how that ended. I like BA, just think if you want to be a Franchise LT you need to stay healthy and on the field the entire season.

        • KCMikeG

          I think our concern with his back’s health in the long run, even though he passed his physical now, is what is driving his potential trade.

  • Don417

    trading Albert for Luke Joeckel and a second-round pick.
    Nothing wrong with that. It’s really more than he’s worth. I suspect you’re just upset because if Albert is traded, it finally puts the death blow on your dreams of drafting Genobust.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.bamford.758 Gary Bamford

      The way you look at it is wrong. You would be trading Albert and the #1 pick for Joeckel and a 2nd round pick. I do not see that as an improvement.

  • ArrowFan

    This is nothing like trading Joeckel for Albert and a #1 mainly because we can have Joeckel and keep Albert as well. Anything short of a mid round #1 would be foolish. Albert is proven and Joeckel is not, regardless of what Kipper says. Albert was a first round pick and he has lived up to it, therefore it will take at least a 1st round to get him. Is the opened up cap space really worth a second round pick?

  • ArrowFan

    Dorsey is playing the game with Albert’s agent. Why because there is an option with a first pick of presumably replacing Albert. It another team bites and gives up enough then fine play the game (more than a 2nd) if not and we don’t draft Joeckel then I say there is a long term deal worked out before the end of camp. When you look at the situation we didn’t have this option with Bowe this year so he is the one that got signed. It is the same game Pioli tried to play with Bowe last year only it was Baldwin as the replacement not a draft pick. I guess Bowe won that one:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/TugBoat311 Corey Thompson

    Sign Albert to a long term deal and draft luke n play him at rt. we would have a kick ass o line. Remember the dick vermiel days with roaf and shields and weigman etc etc. one of the best o lines of all time in the NFL. Get a o line like that again and we’ll be back to 13 win seasons. Reid n dorsey have put together the rest of the team lets just solidify our O line and were golden.

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